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What is a right to work law?

Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011

One of the biggest, most effective steps Indiana could take in 2011 to significantly improve our state’s competitiveness in attracting job-creating companies is to enact a state right-to-work (RTW) law.

One out of every three companies looking to locate or expand around the country refuse to even consider non-RTW states like Indiana, according to national site location and economic development experts. This is a huge disadvantage for Indiana that needs to be changed.

What is a “Right-to-Work” Law?

A right-to-work (RTW) law simply protects employees from being required to join and/or pay dues to a labor union as a condition of getting or keeping a private or public sector job in the state. It would prohibit the inclusion of “union security” provisions in labor contracts that force workers to join a labor union.  Right-to-work laws do not prohibit labor unions or collective bargaining, but simply protect workers from being forced to join a union.

Twenty-two states currently have RTW laws in place. In the last decade, non-agricultural employment in RTW states grew twice as fast as in forced-unionism states like Indiana.

A soon to be released study found that the presence of a RTW law increases economic growth rates by 11.5%. In the last 30 years, two-thirds of the difference between Indiana and national rates of economic growth can be explained by our state’s lack of a RTW law.

By a three to one margin, Indiana voters support a right-to-work law in Indiana. Support is so strong that even 44% of union members back right-to-work.